Interview with Yaro Starak – From a Geek to financially independent Internet Marketing Guru

Yaro Starak is someone I have learnt a lot from.  If you don’t know Yaro he has a very well known Internet Marketing Blog called.

He teaches people how to make money from blogging or Online Marketing.  One of the things that appeals to me about his site is it’s honesty.  Yaro is open and genuine.  He doesn’t say you will make Millions of dollars online (although he does).  He says you can but you need to work at it!

That kind of attitude really resonated with me.  Especially as at the time I had tried everything that I could do to make money online and really only covered my expenses…if that.

Yaro is also a student.  A student of Personal Development.

Without saying too much, he puts his success down to Personal Development.

Anyway, watch the video and enjoy.  It is a long one so watch when you know you won’t be busy.



Listen in on Deepak Chopra

Deepak is going to do a live stream with CEO Paulette Cole.  Should be a really interesting chat!

Time 7pm EST.  The video should show below when it starts!


Working too hard and long office hours can make you sick?


Where do they get this information!  Like this was something new or never talked about before.  I would love to be the person who gives out the money for these surveys.

“Oh you want to do a survey on the relationship between eating chocolate all day and getting fat?  Oh sure here is £50,000.  Enjoy and let me know if you find anything substantial”


OK I know I am being a clever dick (If you are reading this outside of the UK you will have to ask someone what that is) but do they need to spend money and effort on things such as working too many hours can made you stressed?

With that said I am happy they are trying to educate people more about this.  I for one had changed what I do considerably.  Last year my work hours was putting a lot of stress on me, my wife and our emotional and physical relationship.

I would be up all hours working.  It’s not good on the mind or body.  So when we moved to San Diego I decided to cut a lot of things out of my work.

Yes it was hard, yes some of those things I cut might make a fortune but I don’t care.  So what?  I have a life.  And so do you.  Cut out the crap and get home more.  Let’s be honest, most people waste time at work anyway.  Facebook anyone?  Oh they don’t have facebook at work?  How about email or on your phone?

Don’t live to work. Yes work hard but know that work is just work.  It does pay the bills etc but so what if you can’t enjoy the time.

Check out the article I am talking about here

Do you have free will? Or are you just working within the construct of life that others have created?

I found this article on the NY times.  Pretty interesting.

Basically it is asking if we have free will.  Well initially the answer looks obvious.  Of course we have free will!  I wasn’t made to go running yesterday or drink wine tonight.

Or was I?

Am I simply operating with the confines of the construct that other people have created?  Think about it.

The wine that I like to drink is only there because someone made it, sold it and then sold it to me.  The supermarket probably made it interesting by putting in an obvious place.  I picked it up, read the label and purchased it.

How much of that was me?  How much of that was me choosing from a selective choice that others had decided for me?

Then there are those that say that they are not responsbile for there decisions.  The same say that “I only did it because….”

I really don’t like those people or I should say what they are saying.

How incorrect they are. Even if we are only operating within the confines of what someone else has created then we still have free will.

The big question is do we have free will outside of that construct?  Is there a construct at all?



50 books every child should read. Really is that right? What about the Personal Development Books?

I hardly read books when I was a kid.  In fact I don’t really remember reading anything book like.  It wasn’t for lack of effort from my parents, I just preferred reading Beano, Dandy and the other one of the 3 kids comic books that we read in the UK about 20 years ago I can’t remember!

The point is, I just wasn’t really a reader.  I preferred to be riding my bike, or playing football or something.

Reading a book to me was boring.

Fast forward to now and I love books.  I buy them all the time and I am reading about a hand full right now.  I purchased a kindle and that has just been great.  Books have changed my life.  Yes, they have changed my life.

Courtesy of the Independent

Want proof?  Read my book.

So I was really excited to read an article in the Independent about Michael Groves, Education Secretary suggesting that every child should read 50 books a year.  The article also goes into what those books should be.

Now that is great, and I wish I had been made to read as many books as that.  Then I read the books they are suggesting in the article and I felt sad.  Not because these are books are bad, actually many are wonderful and I have not read all of them.

But where are the Personal Development books?  Where are the books that changed my life and many others?  I know amazing fiction books can change you life.  You learn about people, how to communicate and to understand people.  You can learn about empathy, sadness, happiness.

But where is “How to Win Friends and Influence People”?  Where are the books that have change so many people lives?

Even a book on financial management would help.  Did you learn what APR was at school?  I didn’t.  My wife told me that when she was in school someone was brought in from outside of the school to teach them about APR.  In the UK we didn’t have that.

What about books on emotional intelligence, goal setting, spirituality or life?

Now if you are a real literary buff you might say I am missing the point.  You could say that reading the books they are suggesting give you all this and I can’t argue with you.  However, I would also say you probably haven’t read all the books I am thinking of.  To see the top ten see this list article.

What I am trying to say is there are books that have changed people’s lives.  These books should be included in the reading for kids.

I mentioned How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie.  Have you read it?  If not then read it and you know will know what I mean.  This one book would change the way the world sees it’s self.  By that I mean the human race.  Sure it won’t solve all problems but it will help.

Before I finish this article I do want to say I am really happy someone has stood up and said kids should be reading more.  That is a great start and I take my hat off to Michael.  If only other people would do the same in the area they work in.  However, I think we should take this opportunity to really make a step forward.

What do you think?  What books would you have in the 50 books for kids to read?


Is there life after death for you?

When you die do you just die and that’s it?

What a sad thought.  Are we really just organic material with nothing else?  Well this author believes not!

As always, I am not going to try and discuss why someone else is wrong if they believe otherwise, all I am trying to achieve is a signpost.

I read a great little story today about a boy who had a life after death experience.

Or as it is sometimes called a near death experience.  Carlton Burpo had a life after death experience that is astonishing.

His book has actually been out for some time but I have only just read the story about it.  You can read the whole thing here

What I love about this story is that it is from a 4 year old child!  It means that the child has less experiences to drawn on to make this up.  He speaks so clearly and honestly about it.  Almost as if it was obvious that he thought he was in heaven.

I have read several books and articles on this subject and people experience different things.  It would seem if you believe in Jesus, you see Jesus.  If you believe in Buddha you see Buddha.  If you believe you will see friends and family then that is what you see.

It also doesn’t matter what religion you are or not.  What you think you will see you do.  Isn’t that just great?

I mean, what you think you will experience when you die you will.

Now I know many people reading this will say that it is all in the mind, or imagination.  And they are right.  That is exactly what it is.  In our mind.

We experience life like this.  The mind doesn’t know what is imagined and real.  It uses the same brainwaves.

A great book I read is called Life After Death By Deepak Chopra.

In this book Deepak gives many examples of people who have experienced something they consider life after death.  The interesting this is that each account is almost the same.  The same way they feel, how it looks etc.  How can this be so if it is just someone making it up?

Unless they have read books on the subject how would they know?

Deepak Chopra calls it “waking up”.  He says life is like a dream and when we are in death we are waking up.

For me this is very real.  I completely believe this life is one consciousness and there are more.

If you pick up either of these books it would be interesting to get your thoughts.  What do you think?  All made up or is there more to death than we think?








James Malinchak The Secret Millionaire Video

I don’t tend to blog about wealth creation and money making.  Don’t get me wrong, I like to make money!  But it is not really the focus of this blog.

However, we do live in a world where money is used to buy food etc.  There is a lot of information out there about how to create wealth and make money.  Much of it is either regurgitated from books or it is just based on working hard to make money.

James Malinchak is one of the Secret Millionaires.  I think his episode aires on March 20th.  He has released a video where he gives his “3 Lies you have been told about creating wealth”.  You can watch the video here.

What do you think?  Do you think he is right?

I actually felt that he gave some good ideas and the video was good.  He is a bit quirky but has a lot of excitement for what he does.

Anyway, here is the video again.  James Malinchak Secret Millionaire. Would be good to know what you think.


Steve Pavlina on time

I am on Steve Pavlina’s mailing list for a number of reasons, mainly because he produces great articles!

Today I was sent Steve’s latest newsletter and I just thought that one particular article had to be shared.  As you know I am big into not wasting time doing stuff that wastes time.

It would be fair to say I find myself often doing stuff that I don’t want to be doing and I feel is not relevant to me.  Obviously the what I need to ask myself is “Why?”

Steve’s article is exactly along this thought process.  Worth a read…although…is reading blogs on your list?

Are You Wasting Your Precious Life?

Let me share with you a simple perspective shift that can help you clarify your priorities in life.

You may spend time on a variety of different activities in the course of a day. Some of these will only take up small slices of time, like 15 or 30 minutes. However, over the course of a year or longer, these small slices can really add up.

Here’s a little table showing how many 8-hour days you’ll devote to certain activities over the course of 1, 5, and 50 years based on how much time you devote to them in an average day. Eight hours is a typical workday for many people, so this will give you an idea of how much “work” you’re investing in these tasks over time.

Per Day Per Year Per 5 Years Per 50 Years
10 min 7.6 days 38 days 380 days
15 min 11 days 57 days 570 days
30 min 23 days 114 days 1,141 days
1 hour 46 days 228 days 2,281 days
2 hours 91 days 456 days 4,563 days

For example, if you average 30 minutes per day processing email, you’ll spend the equivalent of 23 8-hour days processing email this year. That’s equivalent to 4.6 weeks if you worked 40 hours per week. This means that you’re investing more than one full working month out of each year, just processing email. And over the course of 50 years, you’ll spend the equivalent of 4.6 working years doing nothing but processing email (assuming 50 work weeks per year at 40 hours per week).

And how easy is it to spend 30 minutes or more per day on email?

If this jolts you a bit, then it’s time to reassess how you’re investing your time. Do you really want to spend the equivalent of several years out of your life processing email? Checking Facebook? Watching TV? Would you deliberately dedicate 5-10 years of your life to any of those activities?

Having a long time perspective can sharpen your daily decisions. Wasting 15 minutes here and there may not seem like a big deal, but if you get into the habit of doing this every day, it means you’ll waste the equivalent of 2.3 years of your life over the next 50 years. Do you really think it’s wise to discard all that time as worthless?

Investing Your Time

If you consider how much time you’re really investing in certain activities over the long run, you may question whether certain activities are worth such huge chunks of your life.

For each activity you regularly engage in, figure out what your long-term investment is over the next 50 years… or whatever you perceive to be your remaining lifespan. Then imagine how it would feel to make that investment all at once as opposed to doling it out over time.

Would you sacrifice a decade of your life to passively consume all your favorite TV shows? Can you imagine what it would be like to watch TV 40 hours per week for 10 years straight? Do you feel that’s a wise investment? Would you want to invest even 1-2 years in such a pursuit?

How about sleeping in late each day, when you could function just as well if you got out of bed an hour earlier? That’s the same thing as taking a year off once every 5 years just to lie in bed as if it were your full-time job. Does that seem like a good way to live?

Consider a certain friend or relative that you talk to for 30 minutes a week. Over the next 10 years, you’ll have invested about 33 8-hour days in these conversations. Which of your relationships are worth that kind of investment? Which aren’t? And who’s maintaining those relationships?

Cut the Fluff

When you see how small daily time expenditures add up to years out of your life, you may want to cut some of the most obvious fluff that clearly isn’t worth a big investment.

What are the greatest sources of fluff in your life? What can you cut right now?

Which TV shows can you drop? Which websites clearly aren’t worthy of you? Which relationships have got to go?

What’s Worthy of You?

Once you gain some clarity about which activities are obviously a waste of your life, ask yourself, What activities are truly worthy of my precious time?

If you imagine dividing your life into 5-year chunks, which activities are worthy of a whole chunk?

Would you like to spend 5 years using Facebook for 8 hours per day? Is that a worthy investment? Would you get good value from that?

Some activities I couldn’t stomach doing for 5 years straight would be: processing email, watching TV, reading the news, handling junk mail, working at a regular job, or doing accounting.

Some activities I can imagine myself doing for 5 years straight would be: traveling around the world, learning and self-education, creating and sharing original content (writing, speaking, etc.), conducting experiments, having deep conversations with people who fascinate me, cooking (if I was steadily improving at it), learning new languages (maybe), becoming an expert on a subject that interested me greatly, studying martial arts, building a business, or working on projects that inspire me.

I could even see myself potentially enjoying the experience of playing poker for 5 years straight, assuming I got really good at it and was able to travel and compete in tournaments. This wouldn’t be at the top of my list, but it’s a lot more appealing than spending 5 years answering email.

What do your lists look like?

Upgrading the Unworthy

You’ll find that some activities aren’t worthy of the time you’ve been devoting to them, but with a little tweaking, you may be able to change them into worthier activities.

Suppose you realize that you’re on track to devote a full 10 years of your life to playing video games. Maybe you like playing games, but you don’t feel this activity is worth a decade of your life, so something needs to change. But the idea of dropping games completely doesn’t feel good.

Fortunately you don’t have to completely abandon an experience that you value. You can upgrade it to something that still feels good to you.

Perhaps 10 years of playing video games is too much to accept, but maybe you’d feel good about devoting 1 year of your life to a similar pursuit. Instead of playing console or computer games, what if you switched to strategy board games? Imagine a fun year spent playing unique and challenging strategy games with your very best friends. You could learn a new game every week, so you’d get to play about 50 new games that year. If the games challenge you mentally and fire up your competitive spirit, this may be a worthwhile pursuit. And it would be a social experience too.

In practical terms, this would mean having one 3.5-hour gaming session about once a month for the next 50 years. And if you’re willing to devote 2 years of your life to this pursuit instead of just 1, you could double that. If you really enjoy the games AND you’re playing these games with people you like, then this kind of investment might feel good to you — potentially a lot better than spending a decade of your life playing video games by yourself.

Creating Your Life

You’re in charge of creating your life. If you don’t like where your time is going, it’s up to you to change that. Other people can’t dictate how you spend your time unless you willingly yield your power to them or they’re physically forcing you.

Start by saying no to that which is clearly a waste of your life. Then upgrade or replace those low-value activities with choices that are worthy of you. Cancel your cable TV, and use the time savings to read the books you’ve always yearned to read. Quit that time-wasting social networking site, and spend a month out of every year traveling instead. Get up an hour earlier, and invest that time in a worthwhile hobby. Dump the corporate slave job, and spend those years doing work you find purposeful and fulfilling.

Don’t let this be written on your tombstone:

Here lies John, who passed away
While answering his email one day.
No friend, no child, no loving mate
Could keep poor John from working late.
With each new mail, he worked like hell
To click “reply” instead of “del.”
A prompt response he’d always give
But somehow he forgot to live.

Fill your days with activities that are truly worthy of you. Don’t be an unconscious drone. Create a real life for yourself.